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on the broadcast tonight, pushed aside. the day after that train wreck in congress, the face of the bp disaster said he wanted his life back gets his wish. also tonight, new fears about a dangerous gas and the oil hits hard again for a gulf tradition. worst call ever? the americans thought they had a big victory but then a ref makes a call that left fans and even some experts baffled. in women's health, a new pill to boost a woman's libido. and making a difference. a young man believed he could make it happen and now he's a
pro. make it happen and now he's a pro. "nightly news" starts now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news" with brian williams. good evening, everyone. they can't stop the oil tonight, but bp is hoping it can at least stop the bleeding. ceo tony hayward has been called back to the home office in the u.k. and another exec now takes over day-to-day operations in the gulf. the change comes a day after hayward, angered and frustrated members of a congressional subcommittee with a series of evasive answers during a capitol hill hearing. the experienced oil man suffered a series of gaffes while trying to put a concerned face on the crisis. lisa myers has more. >> reporter: good evening, lester. tony hayward's performance before congress only further inflamed his critics. experts say his removal from
day-to-day operations eliminates a public irritant but doesn't solve the basic problem -- the oil. hayward's boss, bp chairman carl-henric svanburg said after weeks of leading the response in the gulf, hayward would now be coming home. >> he's no longer handling the day-to-day operations. >> reporter: he acknowledged that hayward, dubbed by some as the most hated man in america, has had his share of gaffes. >> it is clear tony made remarks that upset people, including yesterday. hayward's performance before congress, which committee members called "evasive." >> i simply was not involved in the decision-making process. >> reporter: asked why hayward was replaced, a source close to bp said hayward had a lot working against him with an american audience. he looked and sounded british,
and the source said had said stupid things. >> bp probably felt they had to do something very, very visible, but the truth is these type of personnel moves end up accomplishing very little because you still have oil all over the place. >> reporter: bp said two weeks ago that another executive, bob dudley, an american from mississippi, would be taking day-to-day control of the response in the gulf. >> bp has taken full responsibility -- >> reporter: still, hayward remained the face of the company in tv commercials until the last few days when he was replaced by this man. >> i was born and raised in louisiana. i volunteered for this assignment because this is my home. >> reporter: svanburg said the gulf disaster mushroomed into a problem that threatened bp's reputation and finances, and that he now will be more involved in the response which may or may not help bp's image, given the swedish chairman's own recent gaffe in trying to convey bp's concern about families on
the gulf. >> we care about the small people. >> reporter: today, a senior administration officially said the white house views this as a positive development but insisted the white house played no role in getting hayward sent home. lester? >> lisa myers tonight. thank you. the news is better about slowing the flow of oil into the gulf. while big progress is being made in capturing it and on a project designed to cap the well itself, the oil is presenting yet another danger. our chief environmental correspondent anne thompson is in venice, louisiana with the latest. anne? >> reporter: good evening, lester. one of the co-owners of the well, anadarko petroleum accuses bp of gross negligence and willful misconduct in the construction of the well. for many here will be an economic lifeline. on the 60th day of this crisis, finally some good news from the
bottom of the gulf. two containment systems collected almost 25,000 barrels of oil thursday -- the most so far. >> this is a significant improvement moving forward. however, we know because of the new flow rate numbers we need to increase capacity. >> reporter: scientists say the well is spewing up to 60 million barrels of oil a day. the best way to stop the spill is a relief well. two are on the way, and the first is ahead of schedule. it started a half mile from the spill source. the relief well is drilled vertically and then diagonally. today it is within 200 feet of the leaking well if you measure laterally, but bp must dig down 2,000 feet before intersecting the well and inserting a cement plug. a difficult job more than three miles below the surface. >> it's like driving a car from the back seat. you can reach the steering wheel but it is a little hard cocontrol. >> reporter: oceanographer john
kesler told robert bezel there were high levels of methane which can create dead zones. >> the bottom waters are far more concentrated with natural gas than we could have imagined. six orders of magnitude. there is a tremendous amount more methane in natural gas. >> reporter: today, west of the mississippi, louisiana's vacuum barges were hard at work. these barges are lining up to protect baritaria bay. its waters are vital to louisiana's seafood industry. in sets of three the barges will form a barrier to collect incoming oil. >> some of the machines starting to collect alongside the barge and we're going to put boom on the other side to make some natural collection zones as the tide comes in and out. the vacuum trucks will take it out of the collection points. >> reporter: now tonight, to make sure that oil companies think about the worst before it happens, the department of
interior issued a new directive saying that any company filing new drilling permit will also have to file a blowout prevention plan. lester? >> anne thompson in venice tonight. thank you. it's been a sad day for a louisiana oyster company that recently won a prize niche in the national market and tonight is the latest victim of the oil disaster. their oyster beds are fouled by the oil. here's nbc's kerry sanders. >> reporter: 5:00 a.m. and another day begins at the ameripure oyster processing company. but today is unlike any other. 15 years ago, john and pat -- >> we're going to have a meeting at the end of the day. >> reporter: -- began the business in a garage. today employees got their last paychecks. >> it's going to be okay. >> reporter: ameripure is shutting down indefinitely.
the conveyer belt stopped at 9:51 a.m., the last oyster headed to a raw bar in los angeles. >> this is the last of it for, i suppose, many months to come. it's a very sad day for us. >> today is the last day we are going to process oysters in this area. >> reporter: everyone here knows about the oil in the gulf, but few saw this coming. >> we have a hard-working, dedicated group here and -- [ voice breaking ] -- i want to see you back. >> reporter: nicole gibson's worked this $500-a-week job for years. now it's gone. >> what are we going to do? how are we going to provide for our family. >> reporter: even with unemployment benefits and a claim against bp there is worry about next month's rent and the owners worry about their $20 million investment. >> we have a good company here. and we hope to be able to get back to where we were. >> reporter: and that's an unknown. >> it's unknown now.
>> reporter: the owners achieved something few have been able to do. they branded their oysters. ameripure oysters, on the menu at more than 400 red lobsters. and now it's all gone. doubt and uncertainty the oyster business here will ever be what it was. kerry sanders, nbc news, franklin, louisiana. the terrible economic blow to the gulf coast is only exacerbating the unemployment problem. today the president and vice president kicked off a summer-long tour to call attention to jobs created by the big economic stimulus bill, but many economists are worried that the crucial pick-up in private sector jobs is not happening. we get more on that from nora o'donnell at the white house. good evening. . >> reporter: good evening, lester. president obama tried to shift the focus and show that he is still on top of the number one issue for americans -- jobs. [ applause ]
>> reporter: hitting the road today, the president visited the political swing state of ohio for the eighth time since taking office. >> it is great to be back in ohio. >> reporter: it was a quick trip to sell the idea that last year's massive $787 billion stimulus is working. >> as my friend joe biden who has done a great job overseeing the recovery act would say, this is a big -- deal. >> reporter: the big deal was the groundbreaking of what the white house says is the 10,000th new road project. >> there are still too many people in ohio and across the country who can't find work. many more can't make ends meet. >> reporter: officials say there will be six times more highway projects under way this july than last year. from 1,750 in 2009 to more than 10,700 this summer. in all, the white house claims the stimulus has created or saved more than 2.5 million jobs. still, americans are not
convinced. in our last poll just 38% said the stimulus is helping improve the economy. and despite the white house effort to communicate what it calls the recovery summer -- >> this summer you're going to see even more. >> reporter: -- experts say a real turnaround is a long way away. >> it's not enough given the kinds of losses we have ep d endured and the number of people still feeling pain from this recession and not expected to see any end in sight to that pain, even by the end of summer. >> reporter: the chairman of the republican national committee said today that americans don't want a p.r. campaign. they want results and that the president has not reduced unemployment as predicted. but this white house is adamant that the stimulus has worked and they say that the jobs picture that they inherited was much worse than initially anticipated. lester? >> norah o'donnell at the white house tonight for us.
thank you. it was just over two weeks ago that a bad call left a detroit tigers pitcher just short of a perfect game. today something like it happened again -- this time at the world cup. the u.s. was on the field. it was one of the most thrilling games ever played by the americans. they thought they'd come back to win, but no. the ref made a call that has a lot of fans saying the u.s. was robbed. ian williams reports from the world cup in south africa. >> reporter: they'd arrived this afternoon with high hopes. u.s. fans determined to cheer their team to a victory over slovenia. instead, it soon looked like an abrupt u.s. exit from the world cup. two goals down by halftime. then the fight back began and what a comeback it was. landon donovan blasting the ball into the net from an impossible angle and michael bradley, son of the coach, tieing the score. inspired by changes it looked
like a dream finish for the u.s. a third winning goal, but the euphoria was short-lived. it was disallowed by the referee. there was outrage and disbelief on the field and from the army of stunned u.s. fans in the stands and at home. >> i mean i couldn't believe it. that was our goal. >> i think we got robbed. i saw it. we were in the front row. we won that game. >> reporter: a verdict shared by the shell-shocked u.s. team. landon donovan saying, i'm a little gutted to be honest. i don't know how they stole that last goal from us. you can't take away a good goal from a team at the world cup. when the u.s. players asked the referee for an explanation, he said he wouldn't or couldn't explain it. he was officiating at his first world cup match. . >> it was a terrible call. there was no reason for the u.s. goal to be disallowed. u.s. should have won the game 3-2. >> reporter: back home the internet was on fire. this was a spirited fight-back
by the american team, but they really needed to win this match and it's given them all that much more to do when they meet algeria next week. wednesday will be the moment of truth whether the u.s. stays alive in the world cup or heads home. ian williams, nbc news, johannesburg. when "nightly news" continues in just a moment, skepticism over a drug billed as the women's version of viagra. later, when it comes to showing others what's possible and making a difference, he's on the leader board. too much fat in the blood. it's a serious medical condition. lovaza, along with diet, effectively lowers very high triglycerides in adults but has not been shown to prevent heart attacks or strokes. lovaza starts with omega-3 fish oil that's then purified and concentrated. it's the only omega-3 medication that's fda-approved. you can't get it at a health food store. lovaza isn't right for everyone. tell your doctor if you're allergic to fish,
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finally tonight, as the best golfers in the world compete this weekend here on nbc for the prestigious title of u.s. open golf champion, our making a difference segment focuses on a young man who may never compete for that title. despite his personal struggles he has earned the same title as tiger woods and phil mickelson and ernie els -- golf professional. >> reporter: walking has always been a struggle. >> 160 downwind. >> reporter: but with a golf
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program with the test 95% of all golfers would fail. play two rounds of golf, 36 rounds of golf in a single day scoring no worse than five over par each round and walking much of the way. >> how many times before you passed? >> 19. >> reporter: 19? 19 times. >> 19 times. >> reporter: why did you keep trying so hard? >> i just wanted -- i didn't feel like i wanted to give up. >> derek gives new meaning to the phrase "heart of a champion". >> reporter: making a difference for himself was one thing. >> i want to put a ball in front of you. >> reporter: now the pro and caddy started a new association to show others what the love of a game can do. >> i just wanted to give back and help people with their struggles. >> reporter: struggles the kid throws away on the golf course.
roger o'neil, nbc news, portland. and that's our broadcast for this friday night. thank you for being with us. i'm lester holt. brian will be back here monday morning and i'll see you tomorrow morning on "today." morning and i'll see you tomorrow morning on "today." good night, everyone. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com